Chikuni calls for calm

ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum caretaker coach Tendai Chikuni has urged the club’s fans not to panic following the resignation of coach Tenant Chilumba last week.

Chilumba quit the after a five-match winless streak which confirmed rumour doing the rounds that all was not well at the ambitious club.

Platinum play Motor Action in Harare Wednesday as Castle Premiership action resumes.

The Midlands side will desperate to get back to winning ways today, but Chikuni said the players were not under pressure, adding that the crisis at the club was exaggerated.

“People tend to blow things happening at platinum out of proportion,” Chikuni told the Daily News yesterday.

“Every team goes through a lean spell, which is very normal in football, but when it’s Platinum all theories from juju to executive interference are thrown around. The thing is results weren’t just coming as expected and nothing else.”

Platinum were thrown into deeper turmoil this week after Chilumba prematurely quit the club mid-season and returned to his native Zambia to take over as coach of Copperbelt side Power Dynamos.

Chilumba’s shock resignation comes after the club has failed to win in their last five matches following a bright start to the season in which they briefly topped the league and were tipped back then as early favourites for the title.

Sources close to the situation said a power struggle at the club frustrated Chilumba and prompted his resignation.

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